Cruiserweight Classic: First Round Results From 7.20.16
Tajiri vs Damian Slater
-Tajiri looks almost exactly the same. Slater calls himself the “World Beater” because he is the ultimate underdog.
-Slater has a hammer lock applied. Tajiri goes to the ropes for a break, but actually goes out of the ropes then back in to reverse the hold.
-Tajiri’s kicks still look as painful as they used to.
-Slater finally gets some offense in. He hits an enziguri then a corkscrew dive which he somewhat overshoots on the outside.
-Both men exchange dueling kicks. Slater gets Tajiri in the corner, but Tajiri gets out of the way and applies the Tarantula in the ropes.
-Tajiri hits the hand spring elbow, followed by a kick then a Buzzsaw kick to the head for the win.
T.J. Perkins vs Da Mack
-Not to be confused with The Mack from Lucha Underground. I don’t think he qualifies for the weight limit this tournament has.
-Da Mack says he wants to be the Michael Jackson of wrestling. Hopefully he just means being a talented wrestler like Jackson was a talented singer.
-Mauro name drops Alex Wright and my day is now complete.
-Perkins takes down Da Mack and does a little dabbing.
-Perkins applies a Boston Crab, then keeps the legs hooked and pulls back Da Mack’s arms at the same time.
-Da Mack does a little too much taunting. Perkins ducks a kick and applies the Muta Lock but Da Mack gets to the ropes.
-Da Mack hits a spinning enziguri off the top, but hurts his knee in the process.
-Perkins hits a flurry of moves to finish the match, ending with a knee bar submission to give T.J. Perkins the win.
WINNER: T.J. Perkins
Mustafa Ali vs Lince Dorado
-The fake teeth on the front of Dorado’s mask look kind of ridiculous.
-Ali rolls under a dive to the outside from Dorado. Ali hits a running knee off the apron to the outside.
-Ali ducks a charge in the corner from Dorado, then rolls through the ropes and hits a neckbreaker.
-Dorado dropkicks Ali off the apron. He follows it up with a head scissors off the apron to the outside and then a springboard moonsault to the outside.
-Dorado hits a springboard reverse-ranna. Ali almost lands on his head.
-Both men go to the top. Ali hits a springboard C4 off the top rope. Only gets a 2.
-Ali misses a reverse 450 splash. Dorado comes back with a Shooting Star Press for the win.
WINNER: Lince Dorado
Akira Tozawa vs Kenneth Johnson
-Tozawa tries to get out of some early holds but Johnson rolls with Tozawa to block them.
-Tozawa likes to scream as he delivers some kicks and knees.
-There is a chop fest. Tozawa ends it with a punch to the jaw.
-Tozawa hits a hard discus forearm but Johnson comes right back with a single leg dropkick.
-Johnson lands on his feet after a German suplex and we get a double clothesline.
-Tozawa lands a flurry of elbows. But Johnson hits a codebreaker for two.
-Johnson escapes a German suplex again. But Tozawa hits a hard German suplex followed by another for the win.
WINNER: Akira Tozawa
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